Major Charles Kennedy is responsible for the Bureau of Patrol Services. He began his Law Enforcement career in 1980 and started with the Columbus Police Department in 1985. He served in the Patrol Division until 1995, when he was promoted to the rank of Detective. In 2000, he was promoted to Sergeant and remained in the Bureau of Investigative Services for 17 years rising through the ranks until he reached the rank of Captain. During that time, he worked in the following units: Burglary/Theft (Detective/Sergeant), Sex Crimes (Detective), Robbery/Assault (Detective) and Homicide (Sergeant/Lieutenant). He has served as the Special Agent In Charge of the Metro Narcotics Task Force and the Captain Of the Columbus Police Departments Special Operations unit. In November 2017, He was promoted to his present rank of Major and was placed in charge of the Bureau of Patrol Services. He has a
master's degree in public administration and is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.
Patrol Services is the largest Bureau in the Columbus Police Department. The Bureau provides a full range of emergency and non-emergency services to the entire city. The Bureau also includes a Directed Patrol Unit that is trained to handle special functions as well as normal patrol duties. This division comprises the bulk of the man- power assigned to the bureau and provides uniform patrol services to the city 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is comprised of three shifts, day, evening and morning watches, each commanded by a captain, that provide a full range of emergency and non-emergency services to the entire city.
South Precinct - 1441 Benning Drive
East Precinct - 4507 Buena Vista Road
North Precinct - 8395 Beaver Run Road
Hit and Run Investigations Unit
The Hit and Run Investigations Unit specializes in those traffic cases where the drivers flee the scene to avoid detection.
Bicycle Patrol Officers are specially trained to provide a quick and quiet response to requests for police services. They are primarily assigned to patrol the Riverwalk / Fall Line Trace and the City Parks. They may also be used tactically in residential and business areas as needed. This unit also conducts many bicycle related safety campaigns in Columbus and the surrounding area.
The Motor Squad consists of highly trained motorcycle officers who provide traffic enforcement and motor vehicle crash investigation services.
School Crossing Guard Unit
The School Crossing Guard Unit is a group of trained civilians that provide safe pedestrian access to school properties. A Police Corporal manages them in a cooperative administrative arrangement between the City of Columbus and the Muscogee County School District.
Sub-units such as Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.), Hostage Negotiation Team (H.R.T.) and the Mobile Field Force are comprised of members of the Bureau of Patrol Services as well as other divisions throughout the Department. These specialized and highly trained units are utilized in emergency situations.